Club News & Publicity

All Items By Eddie Hawkins, Press Officer, Braintree Bowling Club


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The club holds and attends many and varied events, some of which our press officer sends to the local newspaper.  See below and side panel for all the latest  club news and previous events and publicity.


2018 October

Awards Evening & AGM

Once again, the Annual Braintree Bowling Club Competitions Awards Evening was well attended, after which a fish and chip supper was followed by the Club's AGM.


The opening awards Self- Select Pairs Cup was presented by our sponsors Daniel Robinson & Sons, together with a splendid basket selection of Food and Wine for each competitor. The winners were Chris Long and Roy Etheridge who beat Pauline Green and Albie Ayres in a very tight game.

The interesting and encouraging prospect for the Club, was the increasing number of generally good club players receiving awards in the prestigious matches against more recognised Essex County Bowling Association and County League players. This bodes well for the future advancement for the Club within the Ladies and Gents sections. In fact, it was made aware in the Ladies section that next season, more Ladies would be entering in the County matches and they would continue their quest to improve their standing in the Ladies North West Essex League. It was also pointed out how noticeable the improvement of the Ladies bowling skills and confidence had reflected in the internal club competitions.

Success in the major bowling leagues, saw Andy Beatty and Roy Etheridge take the honours in the Central Mid-Week League (CMBL) and Essex Weekly News Shield Pairs Competition. Then both these bowlers joined Brian Taplin and Josh Heffernan to win the North West Essex League Triples trophy - Andy Beatty qualifying for a medal because he substituted in two matches. Martin Spencer achieved finalist spot in the North West Essex League Singles, putting up a tremendous fighting finish to go down by one shot to the winner.

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Annual General Meeting

With the Club’s centenary year in 2019, the members were made aware by the Chairperson, Andy Beatty, of matches that would be played against England Bowls, County BA plus several other prestigious opposition with hopefully every member of the playing section of the club having a part to play against these teams. Other memorabilia were also being looked at, which included a published book on the Club's 100 years History, special bowls stickers, pin badges and other related items to celebrate this momentous occasion in the club's history.

It was also stated by the Treasurer, Ian Norgett, that the Club, though financially stable, could find themselves spending far more money on the upkeep of our excellent playing greens. The possibility of having to repair or buy new equipment could reduce our bank balance quite considerably, so he proposed that our subscriptions be conservatively raised to help towards any possible increase of club’s expenses. This proposition was seconded and agreed by all members present.

Obviously, an increase in membership of the club would help considerably, together with the many other social aspects within the club, namely Indoor Short Mat bowls, Cribbage and Table Tennis during the Winter period. If anyone is interested in joining this friendly club, then please get in contact with the Hon. Secretary - Richard Dodd - 01376 326142.